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By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
November 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry procedures from your dentists in Portage, Michigan can enhance your smile

If you need to improve your smile, you need to discover the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. You can choose one of the many versatile procedures to give you an outstanding smile. Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and Dr. Keith Wester at Wester Dental Care in Portage, Michigan offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance your smile.

Many things can damage your smile. Aging, chewing on hard objects like ice cubes, grinding your teeth at night, and other habits can all diminish your smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can give you back the smile you’ve lost.

Consider these popular cosmetic dentistry procedures:

Professional whitening, which can whiten your smile up to 8 shades, and your dramatic results can last up to 5 years. Unlike many-over-the-counter treatments that contain harmful chemicals and abrasive agents, professional teeth whitening products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.

Cosmetic bonding, which can repair small cracks, chips, and lost tooth structure. This procedure uses composite, a unique liquid resin which can be matched to the color of your teeth. Composite is applied as a liquid, sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth, and hardened with ultraviolet light. The result is a virtually invisible tooth restoration that blends perfectly with your smile.

Porcelain veneers, which can cover up minor and major flaws in your smile including chipping, erosion, cracks, fracture lines, broken tooth structure, discolorations, and other problems. Veneers are thin laminates of sparkling, light-reflective porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They are a beautiful way to enhance your smile.

These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available to give you the smile you deserve. To find out more about these and other cosmetic and restorative procedures, call Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and Dr. Keith Wester at Wester Dental Care in Portage, Michigan today!

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
November 28, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Cowboys wear Stetsons; ballerinas wear tutus; and teenagers wear…braces.

At least that's the popular conception. In actuality, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult, a number that continues to grow. Even adults over fifty are straightening their teeth and improving their smiles.

But it's still a big step and many adults are wary to take it because they think it's too late. Not necessarily: If you're an older adult toying with the idea of straightening your teeth, toy no more. Here's the lowdown on late in life orthodontics.

It's not just about the smile. While wanting a more attractive smile may have started you thinking about orthodontics, it's not the primary reason for considering it. Straightening your teeth can improve your health. Because misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean of disease-causing plaque, realigning them properly can improve your hygiene and lower your risk of dental disease. You'll also gain new chewing efficiency and comfort, which can improve your overall health and nutrition.

Health, not age, is the determining factor. Even if you're well advanced in years you can have your teeth straightened—as long as you're healthy. If your teeth, gums and supporting bone aren't in the best of shape, the stresses associated with tooth movement might be further damaging. Some systemic conditions may also interfere, so a full assessment of your overall health will be needed before treatment.

Only you and your dentist need to know. A lot of adults are embarrassed by the prospect of wearing braces. But you might be a candidate for an alternative to braces called clear aligners. These clear plastic trays are worn in a series to gradually move the teeth to their desired positions. You can remove the trays for eating or hygiene, as well as for rare special occasions. But best of all, they're nearly invisible to others.

If you're serious about straightening your teeth, take the next step by undergoing a complete dental exam. If the results of the exam show you're a good candidate for orthodontics, we can discuss your options for transforming your crooked teeth into a more attractive smile, regardless of your age.

If you would like more information on adult orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
November 18, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Pain can tell you things. Not verbally, of course, as in, “Hey, your appendix is inflamed!” But the quality of your pain—dull or sharp, constant or intermittent, acute or general—can point the way to the actual problem.

That's especially true of tooth pain, which could signal any number of dental problems. Looking at its characteristics, though, can narrow the search. Here are a few examples.

Sharp, momentary pain. This could be an indication of a number of possible dental problems. If it occurs for a few seconds after eating or drinking something hot or cold, it might signal a small area of tooth decay, a loose filling or early signs of gum recession. The latter could be a symptom of periodontal (gum) disease, so you should seek diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

Sharp pain when biting. Like tooth sensitivity, this could be a sign of decay or a loose filling, or it could indicate a fractured (cracked) tooth. If it's the latter, you may need an endodontist, a specialist in interior tooth problems, if you want the best chance for saving the tooth.

Dull ache in upper teeth. This might not be a dental problem at all, but radiating pain from an infection of the sinus just above the upper posterior teeth. The infection could also have begun with one of the molar teeth and advanced into the sinus. You'll need to see your dentist for any teeth or gums involved and possibly a physician to address any potential sinus infection.

Constant throbbing pain. That horrible toothache that won't stop could be the nerves in the tooth's interior under attack from decay. The primary means for saving a tooth with deep decay is a root canal treatment to clean out diseased tissue and replace it with a filling or a crown. You should see a dentist even if the pain suddenly subsides—this may only mean the nerves have died, but the infection is still active.

These are just a few of the problems, including true dental emergencies, that oral pain can signal. For any instance of pain in your mouth, see your dentist as soon as possible.

If you would like more information on tooth pain and what it might indicate, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
November 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Isn’t it time you felt confident in your smile?

Your smile says a lot about you. After all, it’s one of the first features we notice on another person. So, if you are dealing with misshapen, discolored or crooked teeth you may be hiding your smile from the rest of the world. Luckily, our Portage, MI, cosmetic dentists Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and Dr. Keith Wester can help you feel more confident in your smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry.

What types of cosmetic dentistry do you offer?

Our Portage, MI, dental team understands that everyone’s smiles are unique and that means that we need to offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options that are also fully customizable to fit everyone’s needs and goals. Some of the most popular cosmetic options we offer include,

  • Teeth whitening (both in-office and professional at-home systems)
  • Dental bonding
  • Teeth reshaping
  • Gum contouring
  • Porcelain veneers

What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of benefits, some of which you may not have even realized. Some benefits of cosmetic dentistry include,

  • Brightening teeth and removing dental stains and discolorations
  • Closing up gaps between teeth and fixing crooked or misaligned smiles
  • Improving the shape, size or length of your teeth
  • Improving the symmetry and shape of your gums
  • Making you look years younger
  • Boosting your confidence
  • Improving your oral health (straight teeth are less likely to develop cavities because they are easier to keep clean)
  • Preventing jaw pain and chronic headaches often associated with crowded or misaligned teeth

Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

If you find yourself hiding your smile because you are embarrassed by discolored, misshapen teeth or a crooked smile then this is a telltale sign that cosmetic dentistry is right for you. Our dental team can help reshape and enhance your appearance with the help of cosmetic dentistry. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you could very well be a great candidate for the cosmetic options we offer.

To discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with our Portage, MI, dental team, simply call Wester Dental Care at (269) 327-1119.

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
November 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Are dental implants the right tooth replacement for you? If you're a healthy adult or teen, likely they are. At Wester Dental Care in Portage, MI, Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and Dr. Keith Wester place these marvelous artificial teeth in numerous patients, but first, they answer many questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked queries.

What does a dental implant look like?

The single dental implant looks like a metal cylinder or threaded screw. Made of titanium, it goes right into the jaw bone during oral surgery at Wester Dental Care in Portage, MI. After the surgical site heals, the dentist attaches an abutment (post) and customized dental crown made from high-quality porcelain. In short, your dental implant looks just like a healthy, natural tooth.

I have lost several teeth. Can dental implants help me?

Yes, many people enjoy the benefits of partial or full dentures supported by two to six dental implants. These artificial teeth provide stable oral function, clear speech and simple oral hygiene. There are no clasps, denture adhesives or other inconveniences common to conventional dentures.

How does an implant bond to my jaw?

Because a dental implant is composed of biocompatible titanium, your jaw bone adheres to it almost immediately through something called osseointegration. The American Academy of Periodontology says this process takes a number of weeks to complete as it creates a long-lasting and durable support for your new tooth.

Are implants difficult to take care of?

No, they aren't. Routine brushing and careful flossing are must-haves, and six-month oral exams and professional cleanings aid in keeping implant sites free of harmful plaque and tartar. However, the extreme stresses of teeth clenching and grinding and the heat and chemicals associated with smoking may lead to implant failure, reports Dentistry Today. Discuss treatment options for these problems with Dr. Sarantos or Dr. Wester before your implant surgery.

How long will my dental implant last?

With consistent care, you can enjoy your renewed smile for the rest of your life.

How do we start the implant process?

At Wester Dental Care in Portage, MI, Dr. Keith Wester and Dr. Jennifer Sarantos will perform a complete exam and three-dimensional imaging to begin your treatment plan. Call our office today to arrange your consultation, and of course, we will answer all your questions about innovative dental implants. Phone us at (269) 327-1119.

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